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GOP nominee for NE Kansas statehouse seat withdraws

September 10, 2012

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— The Republican nominee for a northeast Kansas seat in the state House has withdrawn after facing questions about whether he still lived in Idaho.

The Kansas secretary of state's office said Monday that Republicans in the 63rd House District have three weeks to find a replacement for John Gotts, who'd listed Atchison as his home.

In a statement withdrawing, Gotts said he'd intended to sell a business in Idaho but decided against the transaction. His Facebook page now lists Hailey, Idaho, as his home.

Last week, Gotts' landlord in Atchison objected to his candidacy, saying Gotts never moved into the apartment listed as his residence.

The 63rd District seat has been held since 1993 by Democrat Jerry Henry, of Cummings. Henry is seeking re-election.

Comments

kernal 2 years, 2 months ago

Hahaha! Busted by the landlord!

You can bet he didn't come up with the idea of renting an apartment in KS ,so he could be nominated, on his own.

bad_dog 2 years, 2 months ago

Probably learned it from Phill Kline.

grammarrodeo 2 years, 2 months ago

He didn't stand a chance anyway. He's up against a 5 term Democrat incumbent.

question4u 2 years, 2 months ago

No one bothered to check Gotts' residency before nominating him? Why would you nominate someone you knew so little about? Would anyone really be that dumb?

At least now Kobach can point to one case of attempted election fraud. Let's see if he will be as zealous to investigate and prosecute in this case. Is he really concerned about corruption in the electoral process? (That's a rhetorical question, of course.)

grammarrodeo 2 years, 2 months ago

No one ran against him.

Election law has some interesting quirks. Imagine living in Missouri where you must be residing at the location where you register to vote, but then you go to Virginia to attend college, but they have a law that says individuals there on out-of-state tuition cannot vote in Virginia. Where does that person vote? They no longer reside at their Missouri address and Virginia considers them out-of-state. The laws "protecting" voters just disenfranchised a voter. In Todd Akin's case, where he doesn't live at the address he has on his voter registration, no one seems interested in prosecuting the Missouri law.

Take_a_letter_Maria 2 years, 2 months ago

That might be disenfranchising the voter except that the voter could apply for and receive an absentee ballot in Missouri and vote in that state. If he/she isn't bright enough to be able to do that then maybe he/she shouldn't be voting anyway.

voevoda 2 years, 2 months ago

You're assuming, Maria, that the student still has a residence in Missouri to use as a legal address there. But maybe he doesn't. Maybe this student doesn't have parents and a family home to come back to and to use for his voting registration. Then he has been effectively disenfranchised, if Virginia won't let him register to vote there. Maybe the people who aren't bright enough to anticipate this scenario shouldn't be writing election laws.

Take_a_letter_Maria 2 years, 2 months ago

That is a good point voevoda.

I think grammarodeo was just trying to through out a load of BS though since this http://www.brennancenter.org/pages/student_voting_guide_virginia clearly describes how an out of state student can register in the state of Virginia.

Kendall Simmons 2 years, 2 months ago

Sorry, grammarrodeo, but you're very much mistaken about Virginia.

Contrary to what you apparently believe, any challenge to voter registration made solely on the basis of student or tuition status is invalid. Plus there's a well-established process by which a student such as you describe can appeal their voter registration being turned down.

So, nope, gram and voevoda...no disenfranchisement there. And no folks not being bright enough to anticipate such scenarios, either.

grammarrodeo 2 years, 2 months ago

My apologies. I was referencing Virginia but should have been more specific that this is true of a municipality in Virginia. They evidently got tired of college kids affecting the outcome of their elections.

ThePilgrim 2 years, 2 months ago

It worked for Hilary Clinton in NY, Alan Keyes in Illinois, and, more locally, Melody McRay-Miller in Wichita. All carpetbaggers.

hyperinflate 2 years, 2 months ago

Worked for TerriLois Gregory in the 10th District

billbodiggens 2 years, 2 months ago

I seem to remember that it also worked for Pat Roberts in Dodge City many many years ago. And, maybe it still is.

Avg_Joe 2 years, 2 months ago

Let's not forget Phil Kline's "Garage Apartment" in Spring Hill so he could continue his Planned Parenthood Crusade here in Johnson County as District Attorney.

texburgh 2 years, 2 months ago

It's important to make a distinction between those who actually establish residency - buy or rent a house and move into it - and those who pretend to rent a house but don't ever move in or pay rent. Hillary and Melody fit the former while Gotts fits the latter. I don't know about Alan Keyes or Pat Roberts. TerriLois legitimately changed her residence (although she is likely to move back now that she lost). I'm not saying these moves are not carpetbagging - they are - but there is a subtle difference. It's up for the voters in the district to judge carpetbagging. But the Secretary of State should have disqualified Gotts. Except of course that Gotts is a right wing extremist nut job cut from the same cloth as Brownback and Kobach.

msezdsit 2 years, 2 months ago

Republicans don't really have to go by the rules do they? At least they don't think so. Their above the facts, laws, and inconvenient little details like you have to live in Kansas to represent Kansas. Hopefully they can learn something from this.

tomatogrower 2 years, 2 months ago

No different than some of the other GOP carpetbaggers, like that woman who moved to Ottawa.

tomatogrower 2 years, 2 months ago

And he was invited here by Brownback. What does that tell you?

Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years, 2 months ago

A great start!!!

Now Romney is backing off on his "Repeal Obamacare" dietribe that he used through all the primaries and the convention. Really great guy. Flop Flip Flop Flip Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah.

I know that Kansas will go for this facist mannabe, no chance of this state gaining any intelligence in it's voting clueless.

But hopefully enough of these demented teabaggers will go down in flames.

We can only hope

Flap Doodle 2 years, 2 months ago

In other political withdrawal news: "..Wendy Rosen, a small-business owner running against freshman Rep. Andy Harris (R) in the Eastern Shore-based 1st Congressional District, released a statement saying that “with great regret, and much sorrow” she was resigning from the contest. “Personal issues have made this the hardest decision that I have had to make,” Rosen said Rosen’s announcement came the same day the state Democratic party released a letter to state Attorney General Douglas Gansler and state prosecutors reporting the allegations against Rosen. “The Maryland Democratic Party has discovered that Ms. Rosen has been registered to vote in both Florida and Maryland since at least 2006; that she in fact voted in the 2006 general election both in Florida and Maryland; and that she voted in the presidential preference primaries held in both Florida and Maryland in 2008,” wrote Yvette Lewis, the state party chair. “This information is based on an examination of the voter files from both states. We believe that this is a clear violation of Maryland law and urge the appropriate office to conduct a full investigation.” A senior Maryland Democrat said the party had been tipped off this weekend by someone within the party about Rosen’s potential issue. After checking the allegation, the party contacted Rosen on Monday morning and urged her to quit...." http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/maryland-politics/post/maryland-democrat-quits-congressional-race-amid-vote-fraud-allegations/2012/09/10/d0ff9b1e-fb73-11e1-b2af-1f7d12fe907a_blog.html

Michael_Grimaldi 2 years, 2 months ago

I thought of this Maryland/Florida story when I read this LJW Atchison story. The LJW doesn't report whether the candidate ever voted in Atchison. I'm wondering if he did.

Richard Heckler 2 years, 2 months ago

My my Brownback and the Koch boys go to great lengths to bring in their people. How many other candidates running for Kansas legislative seats are ILLEGAL ALIENS ?

We need to track down these fraudulent candidates ASAP!

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